Feeling frisky again! The weirdest thing happened after that infamous trip to the vet. My world went silent. OK, just so you don’t worry, I don’t really mean my world. I didn’t suddenly become deaf or anything. But I no longer made any sound as I moved around. It was eerie. Never before had I … Continue reading In My Own Voice #35: The Music’s Back!
The Nose Doesn’t Always Know
Much has been made about a dog’s powerful sense of smell. This unique skill qualifies them to find bombs, drugs, and lost or trapped people. I actually looked up how a search and rescue dog operates. Yep, it’s by scent. Alas, Pettigrew’s schnoz is lacking. Although he thoroughly enjoys sampling the olfactory delights on his … Continue reading The Nose Doesn’t Always Know
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! -or- How I Found Myself at a Big 10 Football Game
Dr. Seuss’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go! addresses the challenges in transitioning from one life stage to another. For better or worse, the book has become a somewhat clichéd gift to graduating students, with some critics arguing that it is creating false expectations that greatness awaits us all and that the path to success lies … Continue reading Oh, the Places You’ll Go! -or- How I Found Myself at a Big 10 Football Game
He’s Got Your Number…Mine Too
When my younger son was a toddler, his idea of nirvana was to camp out at a construction site. To make the time rewarding for me, I studied the workers, making guesses about who was in charge, who was a skilled member of the team, and who was a day laborer, hired to supplement the … Continue reading He’s Got Your Number…Mine Too
In My Own Voice #9: Things that Go Bump in the Night
Pettigrew is not a fan of July--the frequent thunderstorms and Independence Day fireworks make for a stressful time. He's looking forward to the so-called Dog Days of August.
C-3PO May Have Met His Match in my Multi-Lingual Dog
How many languages does your dog know? Pettigrew, like people who can't speak, connects with others through music. The more I thought about it, music is only one of the many languages he's mastered. A true multi-linguist!
Shall We Dance
Walking Pettigrew is like dancing with a partner when you both want to lead.
My Old Dog is Learning New Tricks
Pettigrew learns to play an unusual instrument: the squeakers inside the toy duck he received for his birthday. He's so musical!
He’s Got a Song in his Heart
Pettigrew is a shy performer, but if you catch him in the right mood, he'll sing the blues!